Promises Austin, Spicewood, Texas

Mule Shoe Bend Park in Spicewood, TX
840 County Road
Spicewood, TX, 78669

Promises Austin Overview

Promises Austin, located in Spicewood, Texas, is a mental health and substance abuse facility that offers residential treatment to clients, 26 years and older, with dual diagnosis. In August 2012, the treatment facility was acquired by Elements Behavioral Health, as it was formerly known as Spirit Lodge. Since the acquisition, quality of treatments and services offered have been upgraded and expanded. Previously, the facility only handled substance abuse and addiction, but when the new administration came into place, a higher level of treatment and services replaced it. The facility is located just outside Austin and offers a lush nine-acre estate in a private community. Treatment approach includes a blend of increased psychotherapy, psychological and clinical treatment, and holistic treatment.
Clients with both mental health and substance abuse disorders will get proper care here, as the facility specializes in treating dual diagnosis patients. All treatment plans and therapies are individualized based on the client’s special needs. Each client’s treatment plan comes with fully packed with 12-step meetings, educational groups, Native American symbolism, two weekly individual counseling sessions, weekly family involvement, relapse prevention planning, and small group sessions of approximately 10 hours weekly.
The facility currently utilizes multiple therapy methods such as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Somatic Experiencing, and Integrative Breathwork, to treat clients experiencing high-level trauma due to high struggle with substance abuse. Other therapy methods incorporated into treatment include Psychodrama, balanced living principles, cognitive behavioral therapy, a family of origin therapy, and many more.

Terms and Conditions of Living at Promises Austin

Topics addressed during group therapy sessions include family triggers, relapse prevention, and emotional toxicity. These topics help encourage and promote a strong recovery. Clients wake up at 7:00 am, begin morning activities and daily reflections at 7:30 am, and then go for breakfast. By 8:55, all morning activities are expected to be over as a process group starts at 9:00 am and ends at 10:30 am. From 10:45-11:45, Big Book study occurs and after completion, clients can go for lunch at 12:00 pm and must have finished all lunch activities at 1:00 pm. For about 30 minutes (12:30 and 1:00 pm), clients can use their laptop and personal phones. Immediately after this at 1:15, Living in Balance group begins and ends at 2:15 pm. At 2:30 pm, group session for Health and Wellness holds and it ends at 3:30 pm. From 3:45-4:45 pm, clients take part in Art therapy. At 5:20 pm, dinner is served and 6 pm t0 6:30 pm, clients can use the communal phones. Clients are required to attend 12-step meetings from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and after gratitude group ends at 9 pm, clients can enjoy their free time till lights out which is at 11 pm.
The facility utilizes a program called “unplugged”, which clients must under upon the first week of arrival into the facility. The focus of this “unplugged” program is to help slowly integrate individuals to a new way of life or living. Clients relinquish rights to their laptops and cell phones and after the seven days, are allowed only to utilize these devices for 30 minutes daily. The treatment team is complete with high-level physicians, counselors, and 24-hour nursing staff.

Accommodation And Food

The treatment center currently admits a maximum of 24 patients at a time in a facility that offers upscale living accommodations. Giving off a bed and breakfast feel, the facility offers spacious, cozy rooms fully equipped with pleasant interior décor and comfortable queen-sized beds.
Clients are required to share rooms, but private rooms are available to individuals who may desire such, or based on availability with the admissions director. Clients will feel at home while receiving treatment, as the facility offers a family-like setting, which even includes a dog.
Highly trained kitchen staff and chef are available to prepare meals. Clients with dietary restrictions, special requests, and allergies are taken into consideration when all meals are being made.

Treatment & Therapy

Promises Austin offers multiple treatment and therapy services to clients with dual diagnosis. Some of these are:

Residential Treatment

The facility offers residential treatment to individuals suffering from dual diagnosis issues. Only individuals 26 years and older are admitted into the facility. Clients are given space and time to recover far away from their personal triggers.
The following are a list of conditions treated at the facility:

  • Substance abuse disorders
  • Mental health disorders

Promises Austin Therapy Options

Promises Austin offers a number of therapy options to individuals 26 and older, seeking dual diagnosis treatment which includes:
Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing

  • 12-step meetings
  • Psychotherapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy


Promises Austin costs approximately $28,714 for a 30-day treatment at the facility. The price stated is subject to change as residents advance in treatment and the length of stay of increases. Level of care and treatment provided are other factors that affect the price offered. Insurance plans accepted include Aetna, Beacon Health, Magellan, Cigna, and many more. The facility will conduct a free insurance benefit check on arrival or via telephone. For more clarity and information, clients are encouraged to contact Promises.


The facility is accredited by multiple organizations. Some of them are:

  • National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
  • The Joint Commission
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Promises Austin Advantages

On admission into the facility, the clients are given a treatment plan which comes complete with therapy and personal fitness programs. The fitness program includes yoga classes once weekly, 6o minute group fitness classes, 60-minute personal training sessions, and many more. All fitness activities are facilitated by certified personal trainers. Other fitness activities that clients can take part in include kayaking and hiking.
The treatment facility offers an on-site spa where clients can relax and unwind. Clients can enjoy meditation sessions, therapeutic massages, and dips in pool or Jacuzzi at the spa. No extra charges apply for the spa, as payment covers all activities.
Generally, the facility utilizes different treatment methods with the aim of providing adequate treatment to individuals. With a rich blend of clinical psychology, spirituality, and traditional treatment methods, clients can get well-rounded and comprehensive treatment at Promises Austin.


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